Welcome to my website
I'm proud to represent the residents of Ipswich and the Somerset Region in Federal Parliament as member for the electorate of Blair.
On this website you'll find information on the work I do for Blair and the asssitance I can offer you as your local Federal member.
You can browse through my speeches and media releases and keep up to date with upcoming events.
Please don't hesistate to contact me if I can be of assistance with any Federal issue.
No money for Ipswich Motorway in Coalition Budget
The Government continues to ignore Ipswich and the Somerset region with the 2015-16 Federal Budget failing to allocate any real money to finish the Ipswich Motorway upgrade.
Finishing the last section of the Ipswich Motorway upgrade is vital to our economy and to the thousands of people who sit in traffic everyday and we can’t afford to wait until 2018/2019.
This isn’t just about fixing congestion and improving safety; it’s also about giving our farmers the very best opportunity to get their goods to the Rocklea Markets and for business to get their products to the Port of Brisbane for export.
Before the Federal Election, the Coalition made a commitment to fast track the upgrade the last six kilometre stretch of the Ipswich Motorway, but he’s turned his back on us and broken his commitment.
Blair hospital services to suffer as Coalition Government cuts $3.1 billion in funding
It has been revealed that hospital and health services covering Blair and surrounds will lose $3.1 billion in hospital funding from 2017-18 to 2024‑25 as part of Tony Abbott’s $11.8 billion cuts to health and hospital funding in Queensland.
Metro North area including Kilcoy will lose $2.3 billion in funding while the West Moreton region including Ipswich and the Brisbane Valley will have $803 million cut.
2015 Blair Volunteer Awards
On 9 November I was pleased to speak in Parliament to recognise the outstanding contribution of local volunteers to Ipswich and the Somerset region.
This diverse group of people are the life-blood of our community and keep our tuckshops, community groups, not-for-profit organisations and sporting clubs on track.
Volunteers don’t help out because they want thanks or reward; they do it because of a desire to be a part of their community and to provide opportunities for others in our schools, community groups and sporting clubs.
My latest Speeches
- 8th Anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations - 12 February 2016
- On the passing of Mr Raymond Nevin and Ms Desiree Mahoney - 4 February 2016
- On the passing of Mrs Gabrielle Madden, Mr Henry Taylor and Mr Greg Turner - 2 February 2016
- Centenary of 'The March of the Dungarees' - 25 November 2015
- Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment Bill 2015 - 24 November 2015